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Helping law firms and corporate legal departments in the Washington, DC metropolitan area overcome their staffing challenges in a cost-effective and seamless manner is our ultimate goal. Legal E provides outstanding legal staffing solutions by offering the highest degree of professionalism, integrity and talent-driven human capital. For job seekers, Legal E offers the guidance of our expert team of recruiters and access to the area's top legal jobs through our online Career Portal. No matter what your employment needs are, Legal E is ready at a moment's notice to provide the solution!

Recent Publications

Recent Publications

Year-End Roundup 2017

Year-End Roundup 2017

12/22/2017 12:00:00 AM EST
6 months ago

By Jeanette Derby, CEO | 12.22.2017

As we approach the end of 2017, it is an ideal time to reflect on the past year with all of its achievements and challenges in the work place and beyond.  Shifting attitudes are at the forefront driving escalated examination and improvement of process requirements, talent acquisition, employee experience, and fiscal management.

Law firms and corporate legal departments always strive to pursue and retain top talent and this year is no exception.  The hiring market is becoming more robust than in recent times, yet even with the desire to supplement staff, law firms remain cautious and continue to scrutinize their every need – even during the process of an active search and after devoting an extraordinary amount of manpower to the selection process.  As technology continues to augment processes, hiring managers are increasingly shifting their talent searches to tech-savvy workers with a high-level of emotional intelligence rather than just a demonstrated skill set. 

This bodes well for contract service providers who help law firms “fill in the gaps” while organizations continue a long and arduous search for the most ideal candidates.  Since it is difficult to qualify an intangible, and with the demand for top talent intensifying, hiring managers are turning to contract staffing as they navigate an intricate search.  To add to the hurdles, management is also faced with the continuation of new and expected employment regulations.    

Legal E Employment Partners continues to make shifts to accommodate client demands and offer hiring enhancement services to serve the legal community’s ever-changing needs to include contract services and contingency placement of staff, management and attorneys which remain a mainstay along with retained Executive Placement and customized Staff Professional Development courses.  Legal E’s dedication to risk-adverse processes reinforces our commitment to providing safeguarded staffing solutions to partner and protect the best interests of our loyal and dedicated clientele.  

It is equally significant to the Legal E professional team that the applicants and contract employees receive welcoming and proper communication throughout their experience working with our organization.  Therefore, we have always encouraged feedback and we are extremely proud to have received exceptionally high ratings from candidates as evident on Yelp, Glassdoor, Facebook, and other sites, and will continue to earn high praises.

To live up to our high marks, and client retention accomplishments, Legal E associates remain steadfast with an unwavering commitment to excellence as we continue to cultivate new avenues to offer top talent and to focus on delivering the best available results.  

Using Thank You Notes to Advance Your Candidacy

Using Thank You Notes to Advance Your Candidacy

11/17/2017 12:00:00 AM EST
7 months ago

By Jeanette Derby, CEO | 11.17.2017

As recruiters, we are often asked if a handwritten note is appropriate and the answer is any thank you note is welcomed.  Yet in the digital age an email thank you is more than acceptable and often preferred.  An email thank you note offers a quicker way to express your appreciation, further highlight your qualifications, and address any unsettled topics.  To represent your advancing interest and underscore your candidacy, it is best to follow up with your thank you email within 24 hours after your interview.

If you interviewed with more than one person at the company, send each interviewer a separate and individualized thank you email.  Keep in mind that it is likely that the interviewing team will discuss the candidates, as well as their follow-up thank you notes, therefore use this opportunity as an instrument for enhancing your candidacy.   

Convey Appreciation

It is important to express gratitude for the interviewers’ time and information shared during the interview about the role, organization, expectations and challenges. 

Attention to Detail

This is a chance to demonstrate your understanding of the role and expectations by summarizing major points of the interview and/or reference something you and the interviewer discussed — an industry related topic, a particular accomplishment that addresses their needs, or even something more personal at the end such as “I hope you enjoy your upcoming time off.”

Passion vs. Strengths

Since you only have a few sentences to express yourself, is it better to highlight passion or strengths?  The answer is both.  By expressing passion for both the job and the organization, you will prove that you are excited about the opportunity and ready to make a significant contribution.  Additionally, it is important to remind the interviewers of your proficiency and strengths to support their challenges and goals.

Overcoming Objections

If, after leaving your interview, you wish you had offered a better answer, the thank you note is your chance to overcome any potential objections by addressing or correcting the record.   

Close with Intention

The closing paragraph is the perfect opportunity to reaffirm your excitement about the role and eagerness to work with him/her and to support the company’s mission.  Encourage the interviewer to reach out if additional information is needed and provide your contact information again for convenience.

In this very competitive market, writing a thank you note will only enrich your chances and make you stand out among the many.  It is a welcomed and most effective communication tool to define your intention and highlight your potential contribution. 

Staff Professional Development

Staff Professional Development

4/21/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
1 years ago

With rising attention centered on staff engagement and effectiveness regarding advancing business demands, Staff Professional Development is a trending topic and sought-after solution throughout professional services industries.  Recently, Brett Dengate and Jeanette Derby of Legal E Employment Partners, addressed the Association of Legal Administrators Northern Virginia Chapter regarding this current and very popular topic.

To demonstrate, Brett conducted an abridged version of his Mastering Your Time course which was extremely well received and offered practical strategies to successfully prioritize workplace tasks and deadlines.  In this 30-minute presentation, participants were exposed to easy-to-follow techniques to initiate and maintain control over busy schedules and to acquire useful methods to achieve goals, enhance work products, and exceed mounting expectations in the do-more-with-less attitudes of today’s ever-changing workplace.

Jeanette followed with a presentation exploring the vast benefits of skills enhancement initiatives as well as tips for developing and executing a purposeful Staff Professional Development program to energize and empower support staff with the necessary skills and confidence to meet contemporary work demands.

Uncovering the many facets of this topic, Jeanette first reviewed the effects surrounding ongoing economic modifications as well as influences on hiring, developing and retaining staff within law firms today.  Recent survey statistics revealed deficiencies in staff engagement and the need to boost commitment and increase overall staff contribution.  Staff Professional Development programs are thought to have a significant impact on many areas to include improving morale and attracting higher quality staff.   Also discussed were the many less obvious yet equally advantageous benefits as listed below: 

  • Aligns staff goals with evolving organizational strategies
  • Supports individual performance management platforms
  • Offers customized support for departments/practices
  • Fosters skills enhancement and actionable feedback
  • Optimizes staff contribution & engagement
  • Nurtures successful launch of operational initiatives
  • Emphasizes performance and development as a top priority
  • Drives innovation and encourages supplemental expertise
  • Recognizes talent/cultivates potential internal promotions
  • Identifies disengaged employees and the potential cause
  • Encourages self-reliance and motivates infinite learning
  • Offers new challenges to attract and retain top talent


As the legal industry becomes more competitive, firms strive to attract and retain top talent with advanced technical aptitude and the ability to accommodate multiple tasks with ever-changing priorities, while being retrained to “share” and expand responsibilities.  The Staff Professional Development movement is thought to be a retention strategy emerging from the teaming concept and it takes traditional training to new heights.  Jeanette detailed how many firms are structuring such programs and revamping their mentoring platforms to compensate for the increasing use of entry-level candidates in a wider variety of administrative roles.  In today’s work environment, it has become a common belief that when firms invest in talent, they optimize the work capacity of staff members while boosting loyalty and morale to create a winning formula.

For more information, please contact:
Jeanette Derby, CEO
Legal E Employment Partners
jderby@mylegale.com
@mylegalejeanett
202-319-1500

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Recruiting Law Firm Management and Staff

Recruiting Law Firm Management and Staff

3/24/2017 12:00:00 AM EDT
1 years ago

Criteria Shifts as Market Surges

By Jeanette Derby, CEO | 03.24.2017

As advancements in technology and increased globalization force accelerated change, law firms are reevaluating and restructuring their internal processes and operations at a rapid pace.  This dynamic has a tremendous effect on legal professionals as firms amend their traditional roles for “new and improved” versions of support staff.  This new legal landscape is also altering how buyers of legal services utilize attorneys under alternative fee arrangements.  Yet, with all of these changes, succession planning for executive leadership remains elusive as impending retirements and the reinvention of administrative management roles take hold.  

Historically, law firm executives gained their management status as a result of hard work and dedication, earning a steady upward progression in title, responsibility and pay within the firm.  Today, the paradigms for management structures are shifting and shaping new talent criteria.  As law firms began to adopt corporate management structures to include C-levels within headquarter offices, these upper management decision-makers were becoming strikingly influential, especially in the recruiting of other management professionals.  It is no longer uncommon for firms to strategically seek top-level management candidates without prior legal experience.  In many cases, advanced degrees, not law firm experience, are the absolute requirement.  In addition, many high-level management functions in branch offices are being eliminated or restructured to mid- level management in an effort to decrease the overall responsibility and autonomy of the branch office. 

To further re-shape the long-standing archetype, many law firms have reassigned all of their recruitment functions to a centralized location -- most typically to the HQ.  While there is practicality associated with consolidation, the centralization (and systematization) of recruiting removes the personal feel for the candidates and, with it, the value-added services offered by local, market-specific agencies who understand current salaries, candidate supply, and hiring trends.  Adding to the inherent challenges of remote recruiting, the employment market in many regions has rebounded significantly.  As a result, swift processing of candidates and intense relationship nurturing to identify and entice top talent is the name of the game.  Firms interested in securing the best candidates should focus efforts on building relationships with local recruiters.

As organizations move toward hiring initiatives focused on competencies versus traditional work history, veteran industry recruiters possess a unique vantage point and insight into the overall streamlining of legal roles and, most especially, with regard to upper management.  With law firm executive roles transitioning, it is a critical time to examine short and long-term needs and recognize that management shifts can greatly impact culture and reputation – notably in the areas of employee engagement, morale and talent attraction. 

Firms striving to ensure superior effectiveness and organizational stability should embrace all resources available in order to attract, recruit and retain thriving professionals in this extremely competitive market.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                

Jeanette Derby has specialized in legal staffing for over 3 decades and is a distinguished business leader in the Greater Washington, DC Area.  While responsible for five successful start-up ventures, Jeanette has dedicated her career to finding successful connections between job seekers and hiring managers!

Find her on LinkedIn: Jeanette Derby

Legal E’s Mission: Then and Now

Legal E’s Mission: Then and Now

1/26/2017 12:00:00 AM EST
1 years ago

Legal E’s Mission: Then and Now

By Jeanette Derby, CEO | 01.19.2017

January is an ideal time to reflect on past achievements, set goals for the coming year and essentially reexamine your Company’s mission.  Successes are often more easily identified upon reflection and are ultimately a huge motivator.  For Legal E Employment Partners, being honored by LegalTimes Best of DC for its staffing and placement contributions to the local legal industry for five consecutive years is a terrific incentive to strive even higher.  True to this distinction, the Legal E associates work tirelessly toward a strong commitment to excellence and are best known for their consultative partnership-building, forward-thinking measures, and focus on orchestrating positive results rather than revenues. 

While serving law firms and corporate legal departments as they vie for top talent, our team has seen the staffing industry struggle with administrative and economic challenges in response to recent employment regulations.  For Legal E, our dedication to risk-adverse processes only heightens our resolve and reinforces our commitment to providing the utmost due diligence throughout the candidate placement process.  We have seen that more and more legal hiring managers are now requiring absolute transparency to avoid any consequences of co-employment issues or implications.  We encourage all hiring managers to devote time to personally know their service providers; understand their due diligence and compliance practices; and inquire about background check policies -- including adverse actions. We also recommend that hiring managers thoroughly read contracts carefully before signing and require documentation as needed (e.g. wage theft forms, business licenses, insurance certificates, etc.).  

Responding to the recent legislative actions were not the only hiring challenges in 2016 for law firms.  Legal support roles shifted greatly due to advancements in technology and the continued offering of alternative fee arrangements to attract clients.  As firms began to pursue candidates with more varied professional backgrounds, Legal E had anticipated this trend several years prior and offered several promotional programs to attract and support the creative placement of non-traditional candidates as well as highly experienced legal professionals in cost-effective and seamless ways.  To further the innovative support, Legal E presents Staff Professional Development Training courses delivered on-site by an eight-year training veteran with outstanding reviews and exceptional results.

Legal E’s enduring business model offers contract/temporary staffing and direct hire placement of all legal personnel: administrative, technical, paralegal, attorney, and management. We remain steadfast in our mission to provide systems integrity, innovative staffing solutions and positive results.  Moreover, as the industry continues to evolve, we proactively offer insight on hiring trends and advocate for process transparency to ensure the best possible staffing partnerships for our clients.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR                                

Jeanette Derby has specialized in legal staffing for over 3 decades and is a distinguished business leader in the Greater Washington, DC Area.  While responsible for five successful start-up ventures, Jeanette has dedicated her career to finding successful connections between job seekers and hiring managers!

Find her on LinkedIn: Jeanette Derby

 

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